Crockpot Grilled Spareribs Recipe 

 Originally Written: August 12, 2010

By  Hanna Trafford

This is a really good recipe – and very easy to put together. What will surprise you is that the sauce is made from leftover cola – you won’t taste it but it will tenderize the meat and give a really nice, sweet flavor.You start the ribs in your slow cooker and finish them on your grill, using the sauce – try them soon and let me know how you liked them!


  • 6 pounds of pork spareribs
  • Water to cover meat
  • 4 teaspoons of pickling spices
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1-1/4 cups of brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup of ketchup
  • 1/2 cup of cola (not diet)


  1. With a sharp knife, separate the rack of spareribs into individual ribs.
  2. Arrange in the crockpot.
  3. Combine pickling spices, salt, and water.
  4. Pour liquid over ribs.
  5. Cook until ribs are tender, but meat not separating from the bones, about 6 hours on low setting.
  6. Remove ribs from crock-pot, discarding liquid, and arrange in a shallow baking pan.
  7. Combine brown sugar and dry mustard, mixing thoroughly.
  8. Sprinkle evenly over ribs.
  9. Cover pan and refrigerate for 12 hours.
  10. Combine ketchup and cola, mixing until smooth.
  11. Brush evenly over ribs.
  12. Finish ribs on the grill or under the broiler, watching carefully for flare-ups, until browned and warmed through.

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Hope you have enjoyed this recipe – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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